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Power List 2018, Zaid Sadiq, Executive Director – Liasoning & Hospitality, Prestige Group

Emerging trends may have intensified pressures facing business leaders, but Zaid Sadiq remains unaffected and undeterred. He reveals, “On the hospitality front, the Prestige Group has been credited with introducing some of the most reputed international brands in the world to South India — The Hilton Group and Marriott International for hotels; the Banyan Tree for resorts; and Oakwood for service apartments ...

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Power List 2018, Vikram Oberoi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, EIH Limited

Surrounded by the luxury world of hotels when he was growing up, he naturally developed a passion for hospitality early in life and made it his career. Vikram Oberoi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EIH Limited, the flagship company of The Oberoi Group, is the son of Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi, Executive Chairman of The Oberoi Group and grandson of late Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, the founder of The Ob ...

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Power List 20188, Vijay Thacker, Director, Horwath HTL India

A Chartered Accountant with over 38 years of experience in public accounting, Vijay Thacker has worked as a consultant in the hotel and tourism industry for over three decades now and is a known expert. He admits candidly, “I have no background in hospitality — never studied it, never worked in a hotel. Yet, to be accepted and recognised as an advisor by several leading players is extremely satisfying.” A v ...

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Power List 2018, Sunjae Sharma, Vice President, India Operations, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Currently, Hyatt’s India portfolio includes 29 hotels across 18 key destinations, with a total of over 7,000 rooms. Sunjae Sharma, Vice President, India Operations, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, is responsible for executing the company's operational and growth strategy and has contributed immensely in this forward march. Elaborates Sharma, “We launched Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty and Hyatt Centric MG Road Bangal ...

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Power List 2018, Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director, MAYFAIR Hotels and Resorts

From one small hotel on the outskirts of Rourkela to its present collection of 10 world-class hotels located in eight destinations, spanning four states, the journey for MAYFAIR Hotels & Resorts, under the able leadership of hospitality veteran Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director, has been an admirable one. Analysing the success of the brand, Mohapatra elaborates, “Our idea to create luxurious world- ...

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Power List 2018, Rattan Keswani, Director, Carnation Hotels and Deputy MD, Lemon Tree Hotels

Napoleon once said: “Every corporal has a field marshal’s baton in his rucksack.” Nothing describes this ace hands-on hotelier and strategic thinker more aptly than these words. A highly respected figure in the Indian hotel industry, an alumnus of the Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development, Rattan Keswani has over 31 years of experience in managing high performance teams across multiple functions and ge ...

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Power List 2018, Ranjit Batra, President, Hospitality Management, Panchshil Realty

No one word can truly encapsulate this dynamic leader and professional. Ranjit Batra, President — Hospitality Management, has been the game-changer for Panchshil Realty and under his stewardship, the company has embarked upon on a path of immense growth. Given his deep-seated passion and ability to innovate, he has been spearheading the company to success. He explains, “With some of the biggest global names ...

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Power List 2018, Rajiv Kaul, President, The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts

The Leela brand has been voted among the ‘Top 10 Hotel Brands in the World’ for three consecutive years in a worldwide readers’ survey conducted by Travel & Leisure, USA. Whilst other hotel chains are serving guests in multiple countries, India has been the sole touch point for The Leela. “Despite this limitation, we have received global recognition from discerning travellers on a list where top interna ...

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Power List 2018, Vivek Bhalla, Regional Vice President, South West Asia, IHG

Pushing boundaries and coming up with visionary ways to progress the company comes naturally to Vivek Bhalla. He clearly is in no mood to slow down. There are ambitious expansion plans for the Holiday Inn brand family, with more than 85% of hotels in the pipeline (by the number of hotels). Plans to bring new brands into the market — Hotel Indigo, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Voco, Regent Hotels & R ...

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Power List, Raj Rana, CEO, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group

Radisson Hotel Group aims to be one of the top three hotel companies in the world. They hope to reach this goal by executing a 5-year operating plan that will deliver an aligned brand architecture, creative hospitality innovations, more streamlined operations and an integrated global platform. And Raj Rana, who leads these initiatives, is helping the company realise this dream. Talking about the company’s g ...

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